Fat Floats, Even On Muscle. Drop That Pudginess First.
Many people, who find that although they may have dropped a lot of the extra pounds, are still finding themselves unable to lose weight in the stomach region. Even those who have taken the strength training route find that this last obstacle can seem like an unbeatable enemy. Crunches, despite what traditional weight loss beliefs tell us, is not an effective method in losing that stubborn belly fat.
In fact targeted fat burning is a myth at best, and a detriment to getting that flat stomach you crave. Crunches can hurt your back and actually only to serve to build a rock solid foundation for those fatty deposits to sit on. Its far better to eliminate that fat belly BEFORE you begin the core strengthening exercises to tighten your abs. How do you get rid of that extra belly fat?
Your first line of attack: get rid of that junk food. Although many begin this task ahead of time as part of their dietary and exercise regimen, they may not be cutting out all the junk food. A good rule of thumb: if you can't pronounce many of the ingredients, then put it right back on the grocery store shelf. Avoid foods that contain things like monosodium glutamate and other unnecessary chemicals.
Monosodium glutamate or MSG as it is commonly known, has a rather disturbing “rap sheet” and is suspected of causing many health concerns beyond just the suspected weight gain. Its main purpose is to “enhance flavor”, and is even believed to trigger appetite. If you are trying to lose weight, and especially that stubborn belly fat, enhancing flavor and triggering appetite is the LAST thing you want in a food item.
Make sure you are eating real food. We use the term “real” when discussing wholesome food because junk food is, and should be; only considered as “recreation”. This is simply because it is not engineered to nourish the body, but is meant to be eaten as a “treat” and only in rare instances.
Another thing that is very important to avoid if you want to lose that stubborn belly fat: refined foods. This is especially important when choosing your carbohydrates. “Refined” or “enriched” are lovely euphemisms for, “We took out all the good things such as vitamins and nutrients during the manufacturing process of whatever product we are creating, and put a little of it back in at the end of that process.”. This is why it is important to choose natural carbohydrate sources such as whole grains.
Whole grain means, simply put, that the food has been processed as little as possible and still contains as many of its original vitamins and nutrients. The worst of course is refined sugar. This doesn't mean you have to cut out ALL the sugar in your diet, just the refined or “white” sugar.
Choose a raw sugar or natural sweetener such as stevia and avoid things that contain aspartame; an artificial sweetener that is highly suspected of causing neurological issues in children and migraine headaches in both adults and children.
Make sure you get enough fiber. Fiber is the best way to help rid the body of toxins and keeps your bowels in good health. Many people suffering from obesity do not get the right amount of fiber and this simply makes their condition worse. Toxins and other less savory things build up in the bowels and the can leave you bloated and uncomfortable.
However, it’s best to avoid things such as bran muffins as they contain copious amounts of sugar and vegetable oils. Vegetable oils and the like are simply fat in viscous liquid form, and although you may be getting your daily fiber, you're also getting an excess of fat and refined carbohydrates.
Whole grains are of course a great source of fiber, but don't just believe the label, as many food manufacturers can get away with calling a product “a good source of fiber” with only a few grams present. Never trust the label. Always read the back ingredients and never take the advice of the front of the container. It’s really just yet another form of advertising.
Avoid beer. Simply put, there is a reason it is called a “beer” gut. Beer is mostly just chock full of calories and was another way of storing food in ancient times. This is because the alcohol that many people enjoy is a naturally occurring preservative and antibacterial, making it possible to store for longer periods of time. No matter what “low carb” brand of beer you choose, you are still adding extra calories to your daily amount that settle in the abdominal region and will give you that traditional “beer belly”.